Liam Lacey

Liam Lacey
Tomatometer-approved critic
Location: Toronto

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
70% Fatherhood (2021) A movie starring Kevin Hart as mourning single dad? Not good, though not as bad as it sounds, thanks largely to a strong supporting cast. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
100% Les nôtres (2021) Though well-crafted and acted, this topical Quebec sexual abuse drama can't entirely escape a sense of movie-of-the-week blunt messaging. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 17, 2021
25% The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard (2021) The unnecessary sequel to the mediocre 2017 Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson action-comedy has fewer smirks and more bombastic action. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2021
B 85% The Dose (La dosis) (2020) La Dosis sustains a distinctive unsettling tone, between psychological thriller and workplace black comedy. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
96% In the Heights (2021) The lavish production numbers occasionally inflate the slender plot until the seams pop, but this broad appeal musical is big busy fun. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 10, 2021
No Score Yet Equal Standard (2020) Poorly paced and awkwardly written, Equal Standard brings little value to the issue of racism and the law. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
88% Undine (2020) Christian Petzold has used his seductive filmmaking skills on stronger narratives but this melding of a tragic mermaid tale and Berlin history lesson is worth the experience. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 3, 2021
66% Wrath of Man (2021) Wrath of Man is a hollow-point bullet of a movie - not much weight, but it creates a lot of havoc. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 25, 2021
98% Drunk Bus (2021) Charlie Tahan and Pineapple Tangaroa's performances and rapport are enjoyable, but the clumsy, inspirational magic-ethnic-friend stereotype borders on parody. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 20, 2021
63% Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021) The eye-roll of a plot is balanced by the visual and visceral kicks in this over-heated survival thriller. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 13, 2021
90% The Get Together (2020) This empathetic if slender take on the post-college doldrums doesn't outstay its welcome. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2021
B 88% 15 Things You Didn't Know About Bigfoot (Number 1 Will Blow Your Mind!) (2021) As a scruffy, patched together sketch-comedy parody of contemporary clickbait journalism, it's often wryly funny. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2021
B-plus 100% Tu Me Manques (2019) "Tu me manques' time-shifting structure surrounds an emotionally direct, sincere call for love and acceptance." - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
64% Eat Wheaties! (2021) Proof that even great comic actors can't transcend weak material, Eat Wheaties! is a cringe comedy that's mostly cringe. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted May 4, 2021
B-plus 100% 3 And 1/2 Minutes, 10 Bullets (2015) Marc Silver's tautly edited film, as well as being a compelling real-life courtroom drama, offers some clarity about race and injustice in the pre-Trump era. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 13, 2021
C 38% Held (2021) An attempt to do for post-#metoo feminism what Jordan Peele did for race relations in Get Out, but mired in cliché. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 8, 2021
100% Quo Vadis, Aida? (2021) The Bosnian Oscar nominee succeeds where many films fail in conveying the personal dimensions of a mass atrocity. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
B 100% Sugar Daddy (2021) Sugar Daddy toggles between music video indulgence and feminist messaging, but deserves credit for the idiosyncratic intensity of the production. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 6, 2021
25% Enhanced (2020) A stilted and unoriginal science fiction film that goes through familiar motions. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
22% Iron Mask (2019) This swollen, flowery 18th-century fantasy mishmash, though starry, might appeal to the thoroughly blunted. All others should take a pass. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 23, 2021
97% Wojnarowicz (2021) Director McKim resurrects the prickly, passionate spirit of the late multimedia artist in a film that serves as a memorial for a generation of creative voices silenced by AIDS. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 18, 2021
75% Enforcement (Shorta) (2021) Viscerally skillful filmmaking, if too simplistic about the racial outrage it purports to address. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 17, 2021
A-minus 82% F.T.A. (1972) This documentary artifact joins such films as The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Judas and the Black Messiah showing how the protests movement of a half-century ago resonate today. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 13, 2021
49% Coming 2 America (2021) With managed expectations, director Craig Brewer's comedy just about squeaks through. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 5, 2021
12% The Affair (2021) It's probably best to think of The Affair less as an historical drama and more as an elegant episode of House Hunters International. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
B 94% Mafia Inc. (2020) For anyone weary of the New Yawk and Joisey goombah tropes, it's refreshing watching these sharp-dressed mobsters, fluently switching between Quebec French, English and Sicilian Italian. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 3, 2021
C-plus 56% The United States vs. Billie Holiday (2021) An exasperating mess, a cliched showbiz drama, partially rescued by the magnetism and performance of its star. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2021
D 9% Breaking News in Yuba County (2021) A farce that fizzles, a satire that sags, and a dead-end for its gifted cast. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
A 96% Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) While the film circles around the bright sun of Hampton's character - a young man who predicted his own death as a revolutionary - the more complex tragedy is that of O'Neal, a haunted figure. A sensational and timely film - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 12, 2021
89% I Blame Society (2020) Though only passable as a mockumentary black comedy, Horvath's film works best as film critique. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2021
67% A Glitch in the Matrix (2021) A timely, if not especially illuminating, look at the biggest conspiracy theory of them all. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 4, 2021
45% The Little Things (2021) It has an estimable cast and crew yet everything about The Little Things feels either unoriginal or less interesting than the filmmakers likely intended. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2021
A-minus 91% The White Tiger (2020) The White Tiger captures the paradoxes of the master-servant dynamic, and Gourav captures this duality marvellously. His very face and posture seem stamped with his changing social class: - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 21, 2021
92% Baby, Done (2021) It's pleasant and clearly a platform for fast-rising comic actress Rose Matafeo, but Baby Done adds little to what might be termed the 'pregnancy film' genre. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 19, 2021
98% Make Up (2020) Writer/director Claire Oakley's first feature is surprisingly powerful - and surprising - at first scanning as a potential horror before shape-shifting into a feminist art film. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 18, 2021
98% The Dissident (2020) This disturbing film, equal parts personal tragedy, political outrage, and grisly crime documentary, depicts the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, elevating its subject to martyr status. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2021
90% Promising Young Woman (2020) Conceptually of the moment and powered by Carey Mulligan's strong performance, this female revenge fantasy feels disjointed, jarring, and tonally off even as it makes its point. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 6, 2021
B-plus 95% Once Upon a Time in Venezuela (2020) If there's a fault with Once Upon a Time in Venezuela, it feels too elegiac and poetically-crafted to represent the extent of the country's crash. It is less a microcosm of the larger disaster than one of its aftershocks. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 31, 2020
60% Wonder Woman 1984 (2020) Lots of pricey effects can't save this muddled superhero revisit. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 22, 2020
88% News of the World (2020) Director Greengrass' homage (of a sort) to the great Western director John Ford boasts both Tom Hanks and resonant contemporary themes. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 21, 2020
50% The Midnight Sky (2020) Despite many pluses (fervent score, solid cast, good visual effects sequences), Clooney's ruminative actioner is muddled and derivative, recalling better space dramas the director himself has appeared in. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 17, 2020
C 55% The Prom (2020) The story lists forward in indulgent scenes that feel either too bloated (the musical numbers) or too thin (the dramatic ones). From camp to earnest messaging, it's like a sermon you believe, but still find too preachy - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 11, 2020
100% Queer Japan (2020) A strong and well-made film illuminating (and celebrating) LGBTQ culture, much of it still underground, in contemporary Japan. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 9, 2020
100% The Legend of Baron To'a (2020) This fun (and blood-free) low-budget action-comedy hits the right notes. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 3, 2020
81% Funny Boy (2020) Though somewhat controversial, director Deepa Mehta's adaptation of Shyam Selvadurai's 1994 book neatly balances a heartfelt coming-of-age story against the Sri Lankan civil war. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 2, 2020
A 99% Collective (Colectiv) (2020) One of those brutally truthful accounts that makes you question human nature itself. While the story is Romanian and specific, private wealth's hold over public welfare is a subject on everyone's minds these days. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2020
B-plus 82% Mank (2020) By making a film about a masterpiece, Fincher invites lofty comparisons the film can't match. It slips in and out of time like a drunk dream with gorgeously crafted sequences, but a lack of momentum and emotional connection. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
A 93% The Twentieth Century (2020) Rankin's treatment, combining Super-8 and 16-mm film, tinting, animation, puppets, cross-dressing performances, and theatrical sets, is a pyrotechnical tribute to a famously charisma-free bachelor politician. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 19, 2020
B-plus 85% Martin Eden (2020) Fitfully brilliant and almost equally exasperating. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 13, 2020
B-plus 89% Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey (2020) With a steam-punk esthetic, CGI visuals, mass dance numbers and a score ranging in style from gospel to pop ballads to Broadway show-tunes, the sheer exuberance is uplifting. - Original Cin EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 12, 2020